I’m going to cut right to the race. Obama stirs a feeling no other candidate has that I remember in my short-time living.
I don’t agree with all of Obama’s views and policies; however, I feel a spark of purpose in his life and timeliness. Part of me quietly dreams and hopes that for every Osama there must be an Obama—a counter weight, a balancing of the scales, the love that hate produced.
But inside I also know that Barack Obama is not nearly enough, a step in the right direction, maybe. But this is about more than just a president.
We have to step with Obama and now ahead of him.
This is much more than stepping to the voting booth and casting our ballot. That’s only one simple way of engagement. We can’t live our lives behind curtains, casting votes in private. We’re voting every day.
(Even those who choose not to vote—sorry to break the news to you… but you not voting is actually still voting!)
With greater impact, by where we spend our money. What we buy and which company is producing it. We vote everyday by the seat we choose to give to the stranger on the bus, walking or riding our bicycle instead of taking our car, or that child we spend time with and mentor.
We vote everyday… simply by opening our mouths. By fearlessly addressing injustice when confronted by it… by laughing, smiling and spreading joy to others, even those who have caused us pain.
Editor: Lynn Hasselberger